Norfolk, Va. (Mar. 16, 2013) --- Delaware State scored five runs in the top of the eighth inning to defeat Norfolk State 8-3 and complete a doubleheader sweep. The Hornets won the first game 9-7.
In the scheduled seven-inning nightcap, the score was 3-3 after 10 innings. DSU's 11th inning rally began with a one-out single by Cameron Onderko. The next batter, D.J. Miller, reached on a fielder's choice. Onderko came around to score on a Norfolk State error on the play to give the Hornets a 4-3 lead. DSU loaded the bases with one out when Aaron Nardone singled in Miller to stretch the Hornets' lead to 5-3.
Eddie Sorondo followed with a two-run double to put DSU ahead 7-3. Mitchell Moore drove in the fifth run of the inning on a sacrifice fly.
Reliever Derek Marshallsea (2-2) pitched three scoreless innings to earn the win for the Hornets. Bobby Brown shutout the Spartans in the 11th to seal the win.
Delaware State trailed 2-0 before scoring a run in the fourth and two in the fifth to take a 3-2 lead.
Norfolk State scored a run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at 3-3.
In the opener, Delaware State scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning to snap a 7-7 tie and freshman reliever George Michael pitched five shutout innings in the Hornets' 9-7 win.
The game marked the 2013 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opener for the Hornets.
Cameron Cecil singled home D.J. Miller with two outs in the eighth to give the Hornets an 8-7 lead. After Cecil stole second, Ryan Haas singled him home to give DSU a two-run lead.
Aaron Nardone had a three-run triple in the top of the first to help give the Hornets a 5-0 lead.
Norfolk State stormed back, scoring seven runs off DSU starter Jordan Elliott to take a 7-6 lead.
The Hornets tied the game at 7-7 when Miller scored on a stolen base and a throwing error on Norfolk State catcher Robert Reaume in the sixth.
Michael allowed just one hit, while striking out five, to earn the win. The former Milford (Del.) High School standout is 2-0 this season.
The Hornets are now 11-6 overall and 2-0 in the MEAC.
Delaware State will wrap up its series at Norfolk State with a single game on Sunday starting at 1:00 p.m.